By Randy Key

According to Louis Svehla, the Public Information Officer for the Richmond County School System (RCSS), Lucy C. Laney Stadium will be hosting two upcoming AAU track and field events.

The first event is the Georgia AAU Track and Field District Meet, held June 11-14, 2009. Approximately 1,300 athletes, ages 5-18, from all over Georgia will be competing in all Olympic track and field events.

The second event is the AAU Area 6 National Qualifier, held on June 25-28, 2009. Approximately 1,800 athletes, ages 5-18, from all over the nation will be competing for a spot at the 2009 AAU Junior Olympics being held in Des Moines, Iowa July 31-August 9. The top 4 athletes advance in each event.

On Saturday morning, June 13th, special guest Olympic Gold Medalist DeeDee Trotter will be onsite to sign autographs and take photos with the athletes. At the Athens Games in 2004, Ms. Trotter ran the third leg of the U.S. Women’s 4x400m relay team which won the gold medal. Ms. Trotter is a hometown girl who attended Cedar Grove High School. She was the 2001 Georgia indoor and outdoor 200m champion and runner-up in the 100m and a standout basketball player.

Ms. Trotter also founded the non-profit organization ‘Test Me I’m Clean.‘ Her non-profit organization is designed to educate and inspire athletes of all ages about the dangers of performance enhancement drugs. The goal of ‘Test Me I’m Clean’ is not to be a campaign, but a way of life.

For additional information, please contact Mavis D. Chubb, AAU Georgia District Athletics Chair at 678-480-9992.